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Crowds converge for Arts Streetfest: Alpharetta hosts artists for annual event

by Jonathan Copsey

April 17, 2013

The booth of face painters Cathy Newton, left, and Bethany Simon is routinely one of the more popular for children. JONATHAN COPSEY.
Allen Quandee has sold his woodwork art for the past four years at the Streetfest. JONATHAN COPSEY.
New Alpharetta resident Vipul Vohra paints a clay "dinosaur" for his daughter. JONATHAN COPSEY.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 3347 of Alpharetta browse through the stalls at the Streetfest. From left, they are Julia Dempsey, Harley Jordan and Melissa Mandato. JONATHAN COPSEY.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. The crowds jammed Alpharetta's downtown April 13 and 14 for the ninth annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest.

Nearly 100 artists from throughout the Southeast converged on Milton Avenue and the side streets of downtown Alpharetta for two days of mingling and selling everything and anything.

While Saturday was sunny and perfect to meander among the stalls, Sunday rained, dimming some of the luster for this year.

"It's very community friendly," said Bethany Simon, who, along with Cathy Newton, runs a face painting booth every year. "There's something for everybody here."

Newton agreed.

"Alpharetta kicks off and ends my season," she said, referring to the Streetfest in the spring and the Scarecrow festival in the fall. "It's a great mix of people."

Allen Quandee, who has worked with wood for 25 years in Jasper, Ga., said this was his fourth year at the Streetfest.

"This is usually a good show for me," he said. "They do a good job of supporting the artist."

While he typically does well at the festival, with Sunday being so wet, he said it cut into his sales.

"You never know what the weather is going to do for you," he said.